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As the Fight Over the ACA Rages on, Senate Republicans Plan for Tax Cuts

While the House was in recess this week, Congress’s fall schedule has kicked into high gear. This includes work by Senate Republicans to continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, move forward on an FY 2018 budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions that would call for major tax cuts, reach agreement on a spending package for the full 2018 fiscal year, and pursue bi-partisan/bi-cameral efforts to address the protections against deportation for immigrants brought to this country as children by their families.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


The Omnibus Traveling Nowhere: House Passes Omnibus Budget Bill Expected to Fail in Senate

Thursday afternoon, the House passed an omnibus budget bill that is expected to be immediately rejected upon presentation in the Senate. Although this omnibus bill contains a number of detrimental cuts to HIV/AIDS programs and research, it is unlikely that the bill will be signed into law as it will not receive enough votes in the Senate, keeping the fate of these programs still uncertain but safe for the moment.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


Let’s Make a Deal: Trump Sides With Democrats On Budget Negotiations

During a busy week on Capitol Hill & in The White House, President Trump threw his support behind a plan proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that would tie $15.25 billion in emergency spending for hurricane relief to a suspension of the debt ceiling and a stopgap Continuing Resolution that would keep the government running through December 8th while the Senate Labor, Health & Human Services Subcommittee released a version of their bill to the public which was about as encouraging as HIV advocates could have hoped.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 08, 2017


Congress Wraps Up For The August Recess With Plenty of Work Left To Do

After finally wrapping up its legislative business on Thursday the Senate has joined the House on its traditional August recess, both chambers will return after Labor Day. Upon their return on September 5th congressional leaders will need to quickly take up sever key funding issues to keep our government ticking, this will include: passing a mechanism to fund the government, increasing the debt limit, and an fiscal year 2018 budget resolution.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017


Still Behind Schedule, The House Budget Lurches Forward

This week Congress has made significant progress towards advancing its Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations legislation, but they are still months behind schedule. The August recess is now at hand and they have yet to pass a budget resolution. After considerable back and forth between House Republican leadership and the two poles of their party, the GOP budget resolution, H. Con. Res. 71, is finally headed to the floor, albeit probably not until September.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017


Congress Pushes Forward on FY18 Budget, But Lacks Consensus

With the September 30th deadline to fund the government looming large, House and Senate budget and appropriations leaders are pushing forward to complete their work. But, as of right now, it appears as if the gap between the House and Senate--and between Republicans and Democrats--is widening and compromise looks to be a long ways off.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 21, 2017


HIV Programs & Non-Defense Spending Under Attack as Appropriations Move Forward

With media coverage and public scrutiny increasingly focused on the GOP’s Senate health care bill and the various scandals plaguing the Trump administration, the flurry of activity around appropriations in the House has flown under the radar. However, as the recent release of the Labor, Health and Human Services Bill that zeros out the HHS Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative and eliminates crucial reproductive health programs has shown, HIV advocates absolutely must pay attention

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 14, 2017


FY 18 Budget Update: GOP Behind Schedule, But Moving Forward

While it may have taken a back seat to the intrigue of the American Health Care Act in the Senate, House Republicans spent much of the past week trying to get the ball rolling on the creation of a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that is already months behind schedule.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 23, 2017


A Confident GOP Gets A Late Start On Next Year’s Budget

With less than 4 months before the government runs out of money, the deadline is looming for Congress to finalize a budget. The likelihood that they will finalize all 12 appropriations bills by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1 is slim. Despite the slow process, the majority leadership in both the House and Senate remain optimistic that the appropriations process will be completed on time.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 16, 2017


With Deadlines Looming, Congressional Republicans Make Slow Progress on the Budget

Already well behind schedule in the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2018 and with a debt ceiling standoff looming on the horizon, will Congress be able to get their fiscal house in order on time or will Washington continue its habit of kicking the budgetary can down the road? And what will all of this uncertainty over the FY18 budget mean for health care and HIV funding?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 09, 2017

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